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Alias Posts Maya 5 Booster Pack

Bonus package includes new plugins, scripts and UI enhancements By Dave Nagel
Alias has released a new suite of tools for Maya 5 called Bonus Tools Booster Pack. The new software includes plugins, scripts and UI enhancements. It's available as a free download for current users of Maya Complete and Maya Unlimited running Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Irix systems.

The Booster Pack is a collection of more than 100 mini-features for Maya 5. Alias says that among the new tools included in the pack are improved Trax workflow with clip trimming and easier access to characters and weight curves; enhanced polygonal texture mapping, enabling the user to unfold and layout UVs for multiple objects into the same UV space without overlapping and warping images with different UV sets; enhanced polygonal modeling, with a function to copy tweaks between similar meshes; the ability to delete construction history while maintaining the skinning of the model; and a total of 10 procedural shaders. It also includes bug fixes. Examples of the new features are available on the ALias community Web site.

The Bonus Tools Booster Pack is available now for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Irix for Maya Complete and Unlimited 5.0 and 5.0.1. For more information or to download the software, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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